Irregardless Is a Real Word, Bro
Yesterday "irregardless" was the word of the day on Merriam-Webster's website. There's even a handy video of Merriam-Webster associate editor Cory Stamper explaining why irregardless is one of the most hated words in America. Bro, there are a lot of language racists out there.
"We are often asked by people to blot all evidence of a particular word from the language," Stamper notes. "Not surprisingly, one target of lexical contempt is irregardless. Yep, I said the word irregardless. Despite conviction among many that irregardless is not a real word, it is."
Irregardless is so super freaking real, it is entered into all dictionaries.
It is a non-standard version of "regardless" and it is an adverb. The word first appeared in American speech during the early 20th Century and has appeared in edited written prose and in reputable publications, Camper adds.
So, ya tu sabes.
Although Camper cautions people who use irregardless (i.e. Hialeah chongas and Miami chicos) risk being corrected and accused of being ignorant by word snobs who don't know shit. "On the other hand saying irregardless is not a real world despite evidence to the contrary is just a different kind of ignorance," Camper says.
(H/T to Billy Corben)